May 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


May 2016 - Baltimore

Stone Soup Volunteer Event - Baltimore County
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 9 - 11am
Location: Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Rd., Lutherville-Timonium

Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need who are guests of Epiphany Episcopal Church. Inspired by the children's story, Stone Soup, we ask for each family member participating in the event to bring an item from our grocery list. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow-up email indicating which ingredients your family should provide.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell, Registration is available online.

Stone Soup Volunteer Event - Harford County
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 8:30 - 10:30am
Location: To be determined. Email for more information.

Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need. Inspired by the children's story, Stone Soup, we ask for each family member participating in the event to bring an item from our grocery list. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow-up email indicating which ingredients your family should provide.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell, 
Stansbury Park & Pond Cleanup
Clean Bread & Cheese Creek
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9am - 2pm. Registration opens at 8am.
Location: 7800 Stansbury Road, Dundalk. Registration will be located at or near the pavilion. Look for the registration tents and the "Clean Bread and Cheese Creek" banners.

In celebration of National Kids to Park Day, please help cleanup this beautiful park and pond because every child deserves a safe, clean place to play in and experience nature. This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. Every person of every ability level is welcome to contribute and assist with the cleanup.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Sorting recyclables from the debris removed.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Volunteers can stay for as long or as little as they like. There will be a brief five-minute orientation prior to the start of the event
Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202 or

Community Garden Volunteer
Park Heights Community Health Alliance, Inc
Date/Time: Saturdays, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28; 10am - 2pm
Location: 4151 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore

The Park Heights Community Health Alliance Urban Oasis Program promotes sustainability and consumer benefits of the local food movement in the Park Heights area. Volunteers are needed to help with their vegetable garden. Duties could include planning workshops for the community, weeding, mulching, community beautification, and maintenance. No previous experience necessary. Gloves, tools, and water will be provided. Volunteers should wear shoes and clothes they do not mind getting dirty.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: One-hour minimum. Registration is available online.
Contact: Ijeoma Agwu, 410.542.8190 or

Ronald McDonald House Mailbox Cubby Goodie Bags
Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore
Date/Time: Ongoing - any day of the week, 9am - 9pm
Location: 635 West Lexington St, Baltimore

Each family staying at the Ronald McDonald House has a mailbox cubby that can be stuffed with gifts from our community. It's such a wonderful treat for the families to see their cubbies filled with goodies when they come back from the hospital; it really brightens their day! Be creative. Think of something you would like to receive or something you would want to send to a loved one. Here are some examples of great cubby stuffers:
  • Handmade Gifts: If you're feeling crafty, make stuffed animals, picture frames, greeting cards or any other creations to brighten up our families' day.
  • Small Gifts: Individually wrapped snacks or toiletries always make a great gift!
  • Snack Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with water, juice boxes, chips, fruit snacks, granola bars or other non-perishable food items. Families can take these with them to the hospitals for a mid-day treat!
  • Child Activity Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with crayons, markers, stickers, activity pads, coloring books or other fun activities.
  • Adult Goody Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with pens, pencils, paper, note cards, crossword or other puzzle books, or other gifts just for parents.
  • Notes: Write notes of encouragement to the families and children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Please keep in mind that all goodies must be new. Gender-neutral items are best. We encourage volunteers to bring enough items to stuff 36 cubbies.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Amber Rose, or 410.528.1010 ext. 106

Kids for Kids Sending Sunshine
Project Sunshine
Date/Time: Contact Tara to discuss specific volunteer projects
Location: Completed projects are sent to local hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, University of Maryland Children's Hospital, and Gilchrist Kids.

Project Sunshine volunteers assemble creative arts and crafts activity packages, create Sunny Gram cards, organize toy and book drives, and sew Surgi Dolls and other materials for children facing medical challenges. Upon completion, these items are sent to local pediatric medical facilities that have requested them for their young patients.
  • Craft Kits: Assemble individualized Craft Kits for a young patient to make a specific craft. The kits allow a child to be creative, use his or her imagination, and keep him or her from getting bored in the hospital! Craft Kits are customized based on seasons, and patient ages. Suggested for volunteers ages 8 and up.
  • Sunny Grams: Design a greeting card to brighten up a child's day. You can include a funny joke, or draw a picture. Suggested for volunteers ages 3 to 7.
  • Surgi Dolls: Help create and sew Surgi Dolls, which help children prepare for surgery and other medical procedures. This activity is recommended with adult supervision. Suggested for volunteers ages 12 and up.
  • Fundraisers: Hold a fundraiser at your school or community center. Host a lemonade sale, battle of the bands, bake sale, or walk-a-thon. Raising money helps Project Sunshine to provide important programming nationwide that lets hospitalized children forget about their illnesses and have fun!
  • Collection Drives: Many hospitals are in need of NEW books, games, toys, child friendly band-aids, and a variety of other supplies. These items serve as a distraction from hospital routine and help put a smile on a child's face. Please note that all materials must be NEW.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies, volunteers should organize a minimum of one Sending Sunshine project.
Contact: Tara Pokras at 212.354.8035 or
Host Families for High School International Exchange Students
International Student Exchange
Date/Time: Students arrive in August and January, and stay five months, ten months or one year and attend local public high schools.
Location: Your home and community

ISE is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values. Host families are expected to provide basic room and board. Students coming to the United States through ISE will arrive with spending money and health insurance. Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex. International students are between the ages of 15 and 18 ½. Host families are assigned a supervising area representative to help you through the entire process from beginning to end. The supervising representative will be with you every step of the way providing extensive guidance and support during the student's exchange program.

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. An adult over the age of 25 must be part of the household.
Time Commitment: Five months, ten months or one year.
Contact: Lisa, 800.766.4656x103 for additional information or referral to a local representative. Click here for the link to becoming a host family.
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home or community
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
Ages: Preschool on up
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.

For your next reunion, company party, or school gathering, help your organization help others! Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style event. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit nonprofit organizations. Want to host a fun fair of your own? Our Family Service Fair Manual with Online Toolkit has everything you need to get started.



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